PETAA Professional Learning


Pathways to continual professional growth: register and find courses

PETAA provides key Professional Learning opportunities for teachers at every stage of their career evolution. PETAA will liaise with member schools to find the resources, direction and expert support to help you achieve your learning goals.

Online professional learning, follow the links adjacent or in the full list of courses below to registerSupporting Struggling Readers 

This very popular and highly lauded online workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling readers. Open from 14 January until 25 February 2019.

Teaching Knowledge for the Art and Craft of Writing

Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This self-paced online workshop presented by Rod Campbell in Term 4, equivalent to six hours and now open for bookings, will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom (closes 26 November).

A new way to develop a learning community in your schoolDesigning a professional learning program for your school

The best professional learning journeys start with research. Plan with PETAA expertise. In consultation with your school, PETAA will design and offer a program:

– to suit the needs and priorities of your school
– as an ongoing series of school-based workshops
– for a community of schools
– at open sessions (3-hour to full-day) at various venues.

Get more information about school-based professional learning including PETAA Special Delivery — a new way for primary school executives and leaders
to develop a learning community in your school.


‘I was profoundly inspired by the content and the organisation on the day ... I feel very passionately about the need for teachers to be continually informed of educational research findings and their instructional implications and thought your conference provided an excellent opportunity for this.’ Jessie Ross, Primary School Class Teacher, WA ​

Accredited courses delivering high-quality teacher professional learning for all

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In order to ensure the teaching community have the expertise, professional knowledge and leadership in English and literacies across the curriculum, PETAA provides high quality, nationally recognised and academically rigorous professional learning which bridges theory, research and classroom practice.

Presented by leading academics, educational consultants and exemplary classroom teachers, PETAA courses cater for all teachers across different contexts and career stages. To cater for an increasingly diverse primary school educational community, PETAA courses are delivered via a range of modes for broad teaching communities or can be tailored for smaller groups and individual school’s learning needs.

Go to our Authors and presenters profiles page to meet (via videos and information) some of the leading academics and education consultants who work closely with PETAA to deliver high-quality publications and professional learning.

PETAA Members receive a 35% discount on Professional Learning (with 50% discount for students), and membership is a requirement for access to our online learning courses. Discover the many other benefits.

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An ONLINE workshop for members only, presented and  moderated by Dr ROD CAMPBELL
Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This self paced online workshop will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom.The course is divided into two main parts with modules in each.
Part 1: Introduction to English Language and Sentence Grammar
Part 2: Advanced Sentence... Details
When: October 15 – November 26, 2018
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Presented and moderated by  Dr KAYE LOWE  Author of FOR THE LOVE OF READING
MEMBERS ONLY ACCESS
This online workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling readers.
The workshop is about motivating disinterested students to engage with reading ... Details
When: January 14 – February 25, 2019
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The dialogic turn: Changing classroom talk and interaction practices for productive literacy learning
Presented by DR CHRISTINE EDWARDS-GROVES
This course focuses on the interactional accomplishment of dialogic pedagogical change among primary teachers, and more specifically the ways in which changed classroom exchanges contribute to student's meaning making in literacy lessons. It is well... Details
When: January 23, 2019
Where: PENNINGTON, SA
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2019   Presented by Dr KATHY RUSHTON and JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE
As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum... Details
When: February 20 – May 22, 2019
Where: AUBURN, NSW
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Presented by ROBYN WILD
Start the year off well with fresh ideas to help you organise your literacy teaching.
 This workshop will address common questions that pre-service teachers, beginning teachers and teachers new to a particular year level ask.  For example:
 How could my daily literacy session be structured?
 What should I be teaching my students about reading and writing?
 How can I help my students become confident, successful readers and... Details
When: February 25, 2019
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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2019   Presented by JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE and Dr KATHY RUSHTON.
As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum... Details
When: February 28 – May 30, 2019
Where: MOUNT DRUITT, NSW
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Presented by PENNY HUTTON
This workshop will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy from the AC:E with direct references to NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: English K-10. Participants will:
* gain knowledge of grammar at clause, sentence and whole text level
* understand the features of effective writing
* understand the different literacy demands made in different subject areas
* learn how to teach writing... Details
When: March 6, 2019
Where: NORTH PARRAMATTA, NSW
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READING WRITING PROMPTS: MAKING THE MOST OF PICTURE PROMPTS FOR COMPOSING NARRATIVE  presented by DR KATHERINE BATES
Images are powerful communicators of story and used richly in and out of school. As such, it is understandable why current curriculum mandates the inclusion of the visual mode in teaching and learning cycles from the early years. However, reading images in the visual prompts provided in writing assessment contexts may not come... Details
When: March 14, 2019
Where: WHALAN, NSW

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Presented by  KAYE LOWE  Author of FOR THE LOVE OF READING
This workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling readers.
The workshop is about motivating disinterested students to engage with reading and writing.
It explores how to organize... Details
When: March 28, 2019
Where: WHALAN, NSW
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Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Instruction in Spelling
presented by Dr TESSA DAFFERN
Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics. Evidence on the effects of phonics instruction on spelling achievement indicates that while explicit phonics instruction may be effective for... Details
When: April 4, 2019
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Instruction in Spelling
presented by Dr TESSA DAFFERN
Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics. Evidence on the effects of phonics instruction on spelling achievement indicates that while explicit phonics instruction may be effective for... Details
When: April 5, 2019
Where: KENTHURST, NSW
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Presented by Dr AMANDA LLOYD
DEVELOPING LITERACY  THROUGH NATURE AND STORY PLAY IN OUTDOOR LEARNING  provides teachers with an opportunity engage with English curriculum activities. The course is completed in an outdoor environment and the activities are completed to enable teachers to experience nature pedagogy, within literacy building activities, for themselves. Teaching strategies for outdoor learning will be modelled throughout the course, with the aim that teachers can ... Details
When: April 30, 2019
Where: MT ANNAN, NSW
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Presented by ANNETTE GRAY
A broad, rich and constantly growing vocabulary is a powerful component of students’ literacy and learning success. The correlation between vocabulary knowledge and literacy success is well-established, with vocabulary responsible for up to 80% of comprehension. Successful instruction is that which has as its primary goal the understanding of new concepts, not just new words (Nagy 1988), and is context and meaning-based within the fundamental... Details
When: May 2, 2019
Where: WHALAN, NSW
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Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Instruction in Spelling
presented by Dr TESSA DAFFERN
Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics. Evidence on the effects of phonics instruction on spelling achievement indicates that while explicit phonics instruction may be effective for... Details
When: May 6, 2019
Where: BRADDON, ACT
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Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Instruction in Spelling
presented by Dr TESSA DAFFERN
Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics. Evidence on the effects of phonics instruction on spelling achievement indicates that while explicit phonics instruction may be effective for... Details
When: June 3, 2019
Where: ASCOT VALE, VIC